VOTING IN IOWA
 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

Forms and Deadlines

Registration Form (English)
Where to Mail / Deliver your form

REGISTRATION DEADLINE (General/Primary Election)
By Mail: Received ten (10) days before Election Day
In Person: Received ten (10) days before Election Day

REGISTRATION DEADLINE (Special Election)
By Mail: Received eleven (11) days before Election Day
In Person: Received eleven (11) days before Election Day

NOTE: Voters may register at their polling place on Election Day after the deadline. See ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION for more info.

To find where to register in person, or for more information:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Auditor

Online Registration

Voters can register to vote or update their information ONLINE. To register online, voters must have a valid Iowa Driver's License or non-driver State ID and the last five digits of social security number.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Ten (10) days before a General/Primary Election
Eleven (11) days before a Special Election

NOTE: Voters may register at their polling place on Election Day after the deadline. See ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION for more info.

Election Day Registration

Voters may register to vote or update their information at the polling place associated with their current address on Election Day, but must provide proof of identity and residency in order to do so. Click HERE for more info.

Automatic Registration

Currently, voters are NOT automatically registered to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will automatically register eligible Alabama residents to vote when they apply for a driver's license or interact with other state agencies.

Can you pre-register?

LIMITED. Voters who are seventeen and a half (17 1/2) years-old who will be eighteen (18) on or before the next Election may register to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation that will permit eligible voters to pre-register to vote after they turn sixteen (16) as well as automatically pre-register them to vote if they apply for a driver's license.

Have you moved?

For registered voters who have moved within the state of Iowa but have not updated their voter registration information.

Voters may update their address at the polling place associated with their current address. To update your information Election day, voters will need to provide proof of identity and residency. Click HERE for more info.

Click HERE to find your polling place.

Safe at Home

Voters who are members of the Safe at Home program may choose to keep their address confidential and use their Safe at Home address when registering to vote. Voters can go HERE for more information on registering, or how to join the program.

 

 
VOTING

Early Voting

Iowa is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which means all voters may vote an absentee ballot in person (aka "early vote) at their County Auditor's Office or satellite location and vote that ballot at the same time.

See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.

Vote-by-Mail

Iowa is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which allows all voters to vote an absentee ballot by mail.

See ABSENTEE VOTING for more information.

Absentee Voting

Iowa is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which allows all voters to vote an absentee ballot by mail or in person (aka "early voting").

Absentee Ballot Application
Vote Early In Person

APPLICATION DEADLINE
By Mail: Received ten (10) days before Election Day
In Person: The day before Election Day

EXCEPTION: Voters hospitalized within three (3) days of Election Day can request an absentee ballot up to four (4) hours before the polls close.

For more info on Absentee Voting:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Auditor
Track your ballot

Do you need Voter ID?

Voters will be asked to present a photo ID from an approved list of IDs. Voters can go HERE for more info.

NOTE: Voters who cannot provide the required ID may still vote a Provisional Ballot. See Provisional Ballots for more info.

Voters who are struggling to get an ID from the state of Alabama may get outside help from Spread the Vote, VoteRiders, or Carpool Vote.

Provisional Ballots

Voters may have to vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day if:

• the voter cannot provide the requested photo ID
• their name is not on the registered voters list
• their right to vote is challenged
• their name has been marked for receiving an absentee ballot

Voters will be given written notice explaining their voting rights along with the date the special ballot board will meet. If their ballot is not counted, they will receive a letter explaining why.

Polling Hours

7:00am to 9:00pm, Central Time Zone

IMPORTANT: If you are in line by 9:00pm you are guaranteed the right to vote. Do NOT get out of line.

Primary Election Rules

Voters must affiliate with a party to vote on that party's primary ballot. Unaffiliated voters who want to choose a party, or voters who wish to switch parties can do so up to and including Election Day.

Youth Vote in Primary?

YES. Voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before any Election may vote in the preceding Primary Election.

Having a problem?

If you are experiencing difficulty voting, intimidation from poll workers or other voters, long lines, broken machines, a closed or incorrect polling station, or any other obstacle keeping you from casting your ballot, call the:

Election Protection Hotline
• English 866-687-8683
• Spanish 888-839-8682
• Arabic 844-925-5287
• Asian (multiple) 888-274-8683

 

 
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

College Students

Students from out-of-state attending college in Iowa, or students who already live in Iowa but attend college in another part of the state can visit the:

Official State Website
Campus Project

Military/Overseas

For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can go to the:

Official State Website
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Overseas Vote Foundation

Felony conviction?

Voters convicted of a felony in the state of Iowa who completed their felony sentence including parole, probation, and/or supervised release BEFORE July 4, 2005 will automatically have their right to vote restored.

Voters who served any part of their felony sentence AFTER July 4, 2005 MUST apply to have their right to vote restored after:

  • completing their term of incarceration
  • completing their parole
  • completing their probation
  • paying all court costs, fines, and/or restitution, OR be current on a payment plan

NOTE: Voters convicted outside of the state of Iowa should try to get their right restored in the state of their conviction first. It may be easier, and if it is restored in the state of conviction, it is also restored in Iowa.

ADDITIONAL INFO
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.
• Voters can visit the Official State Website to apply
• For more assistance, voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote

Have a disability?

Voters with a disability who need more information about accessibility and voting should visit the Official State Website.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: We try to have the most current and complete information. But, if you think something is incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to LET US KNOW so we can correct it. Furthermore, we encourage voters to contact their state election officials if they have any questions.